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Unread 07-28-2012, 04:57 PM   #1
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Lost power steering in heavy rain

I was driving my wife's 07 WK 4.7 during a heavy rain storm today and a few times when I drove through a puddle, maybe about an inch or 2 deep, I lost power steering. It came back after about a minute each time.

It seems like it could be a loose belt that slips when it gets wet.

Has anyone else had this problem?
How did you fix it?

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Unread 07-28-2012, 09:22 PM   #2
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Either tension the belt or replace it. Also check and see if there should be a splash guard to help.keep the water out of the belt (not a WJ man, lol).
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Unread 07-28-2012, 10:17 PM   #3
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I've never heard of that happening with our trucks. I went through about 6-10'' of water during the peak of that storm today and the truck handled it beautifully. Maybe start with a Gator Belt and see if that helps?
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Unread 07-29-2012, 02:44 AM   #4
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I'd start with a new belt and tensioner.
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Unread 07-29-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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My 3.7 used to do that with the OEM belt and OEM tensioner.
When I swapped out the belt and tensioner last year it went away.
I noticed the new replacement Dayco tensioner I bought has a larger pulley. It makes it kind of a pain to get the belt on but seems to add a bit more tension on the belt.
Haven't had an issue since. The belt slipping when you go through a puddle won't really hurt anything if you don't flog it, just ease off the gas a bit and it will grab.
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